MUSLIM HATE IN NIGERIA
Crisis in Nigeria as THOUSANDS killed in 'pure GENOCIDE'
THOUSANDS of men, women and children have been killed in Nigeria in
what the country's Christian community are condemning as “ethnic
By JOEY MILLAR
June 30, 2018
Last weekend 238 Christians were killed in a number of attacks by
militia in Plateau State, a region in the heart of the country.
Campaigners are warning it is just the latest example of “pure genocide” in a country ravaged by religious division.
A joint statement issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria said
more than 6,000 Christian worshippers - “mostly children, women and the
aged” - had already been killed this year.
They said: “There is no doubt that the sole purpose of these attacks is
aimed at ethnic cleansing, land grabbing and forceful ejection of the
Christian natives from their ancestral land and heritage.
“What is happening in Plateau state and other select states in Nigeria is pure genocide and must be stopped immediately.”
They said those responsible were being allowed to “go scot free” and
said the Nigerian government was wrongly trying to paint the attacks as
The statement said: “How can it be a clash when one group is
persistently attacking, killing, maiming, destroying and the other
group is persistently being killed, maimed and their places of worship
“How can it be a clash when the herdsmen are hunting farmers in their
own villages/communities and farmers are running for their lives?”
They said the police service was "skewed" against Christians and even
accused the government of being "lukewarm" in its attempts to free the
Nigeria is one of the world’s most dangerous countries to be a
Christian with anti-persecution organisation Open Doors ranking it 14th
on its annual watchlist.
They said Islamic extremism, especially in the north of the country, was leading to “hostility towards Christians”.
Open Doors said: “Believers experience discrimination and exclusion,
and violence from militant Islamic groups, resulting in the loss of
property, land, livelihood, physical injury or death. This is spreading
“Corruption has enfeebled the state and made it ill-equipped to protect
Christians. Rivalry between ethnic groups and raids by Fulani herdsmen
compound the persecution.
“Converts face rejection from their Muslim families and pressure to recant."
Scores killed, homes burned in Plateau State attacks
By Stephanie Busari, CNN
June 25, 2018
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)At least 86 people have been killed in attacks in
central Nigeria, police said, an incident that has the potential to
exacerbate ethnic tensions in an increasingly volatile region.
The violence, thought to be carried out by armed herdsmen, flared on
Saturday in Jos, the capital city of Plateau State, police said.
"Eighty six persons all together were killed, six people injured, fifty houses burnt," said police spokesman Terna Tyopev.
Violence between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen, who are mostly Muslims,
and farmers, who are predominantly Christians, have rocked Nigeria's
Middle Belt since 2013 and are becoming more common.
Amid fears of revenge attacks from affected local communities, Simon
Lalong, the governor of Plateau, announced that authorities will
enforce a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Jos.
Lalong called the curfew "an immediate measure to protect the lives of
citizens" in a statement on Twitter and said it will be in effect
"until further notice."
He promised to follow up with longer term measures to secure peace in the area.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari posted a message on Twitter sending condolences to those affected and appealing for calm.
"The grievous loss of lives and property arising from the killings in Plateau today is painful and regrettable," he said.
"We will not rest until all murderers and criminal elements and their
sponsors are incapacitated and brought to justice," Buhari said.
Vice President Yemi Osibajo visited Plateau State on Monday to condole
with families and communities affected by the attacks, his aide Laolu
Akande said Osibajo met with different parties affected by the conflict
in the state to discuss an end to the spate of violence in the state.
The Nigerian President's ability to quell violence in the country is
certain to be a defining issue in the upcoming 2019 presidential
Nigeria is already grappling with a decade-long Boko Haram insurgency,
which has killed thousands of people and displaced millions internally.
Buhari, who is ethnically Fulani, has been accused of not doing enough
to stop the violence and widely criticized on social media for his
Furious Nigerians have taken to social media to voice their anger at
the relative ease at which the herdsmen repeatedly attack vulnerable
communities across the Middle Belt.
At least 72 people were killed in January following weeks of violence
between nomadic herdsmen and farmers killed Benue State, another
central region state. Another 19 people, including two priests, were
killed in Benue State in April after a gunmen opened fire at a church,
Buhari visited Benue state to console families and communities affected
by attacks earlier this year, but argues that the problem is a wide
ranging one that pre-dates his administration.
Buhari said that some of the armed herdsmen were trained by Libya's
security services under the country's former ruler, Moammar Gadhafi,
who was ousted from power and killed in 2011.
"These gunmen were trained and armed by Moammar Gadhafi of Libya. When
he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some
of them fighting with Boko Haram," in a report on Nigeria's Channels
television in April.
Since then, Buhari said the crisis had been "made worse by the influx
of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West
African sub-region" Buhari said in a conversation with the Archbishop
of Canterbury Justin Welby during his visit to London in April.
Boko Haram ambush death toll hits 69
Updated July 30, 2017
KANO: At least 69 people died in a Boko Haram ambush of an oil
exploration team in north-east Nigeria, as three men kidnapped by the
jihadists made a video appeal.
Experts said the attack — Boko Haram’s bloodiest this year —
underscored the persistent threat it poses, despite government claims
the group is a spent force.
“So far the death toll stands at 69,” said an aid agency worker
involved in the recovery of bodies after the attack in the Magumeri
area of Borno state on Tuesday.
The worker, who asked not to be identified because he was not
authorised to speak to the media, said 19 soldiers, 33 civilian militia
and 17 civilians were killed.
“The last body was recovered on Friday in the bush in the Geidam
district of neighbouring Yobe state, which is several kilometres from
the scene of the ambush,” he said. “It shows the victim, who had
gunshot wounds, died after trekking a long distance. There could be
more such victims in the bush.”
Another source with knowledge of the rescue operation gave the death
toll as “70 or more” and also said it was unclear whether all the
victims had been accounted for.
The attack hit Nigerian National Petroleum CorporČation (NNPC) staff.
“It’s a confirmation of the boldness and reassurance that Boko Haram
has managed to gain over the last six weeks,” said Yan St-Pierre, from
the Modern Security Consulting Group.
“They have been attacking more and more military outposts and more
military convoys. For them to go after NNPC personnel just shows they
don’t fear any military reprisal.
“Basically they have managed to gain enough resources, enough material, to plan ambushes targeted towards high value targets.”
News of the rising death toll came after Boko Haram published a
four-minute video in which three men identified themselves as being
from the University of Maiduguri.
The trio were part of a NNPC team on a mission to find commercial quantities of oil in the Lake Chad basin.
“I want to call on the acting president professor Yemi Osinbajo to come
to our rescue to meet the demand,” one of the men says in the video,
which he said was shot on Friday.
He attributed the attack to the IS-supported Boko Haram faction headed
by Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, which has vowed to hit military and
“They have promised us that if their demands are met they will release
us immediately to go back to the work we were caught doing,” the man
University of Maiduguri spokesman Danjuma Gambo confirmed the
identities of the three kidnapped men in the video. “They are our staff
but one more is yet to be accounted for,” he said.
Five members of staff from the university — two lecturers, two
technologists and a driver — were killed, vice-chancellor Ibrahim Njodi
said on Friday.
He told reporters the university had been hesitant to send staff with the NNPC team but had been assured about security.
Nigeria is searching for oil in the northeast to try to reduce its
reliance on supplies from the Niger delta, where militant attacks have
Kidnapping has been a feature of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has
killed at least 20,000, displaced more than 2.6 million and left
millions of others on the brink of famine.
Thousands of women and girls have been seized, to be married off to
fighters, used as sex slaves or suicide bombers, while men and boys
have been made to fight in the Islamist ranks.
The al-Barnawi faction differs from fighters loyal to Boko Haram’s
long-time leader Abubakar Shekau in that it disagrees with the
indiscriminate targeting of civilians.
On Friday, two suicide bombers struck a camp for displaced people in
Dikwa, 90 kilometres east of Maiduguri, killing eight, said local
government official Rawa Gana Modu.
In Bama, 70 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri, three young female
suicide bombers were killed when their explosives detonated prematurely
Boko Haram leader urges fighters: kill, slaughter and abduct
December 31, 2016
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram's leader is urging his fighters to
"kill, slaughter and abduct ... and detonate bombs everywhere," in a
new video that denies Nigerian government claims that his Islamic
extremist group has been crushed.
President Muhammadu Buhari declared last week that soldiers had driven
Boko Haram from its last forest enclave, with fighters on the run and
no place to hide.
Abubakar Shekau in a video posted on YouTube Thursday announces he is "well and alive."
Nigeria's military said they seized Shekau's Quran in an assault on
Boko Haram's last hideout in the northeastern Sambisa Forest — wanting
to indicate he was on the run. The military has at least three times in
the past claimed to have killed Shekau, only to have him reappear in a
Nigerian Middle Belt state: 800+ Christians killed, 800+ injured, 100+ churches destroyed
Published: Oct. 26, 2016
Nigeria’s Middle Belt is the scene of ever-continuing attacks on
Christian farmers by mainly Muslim Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, including
this past week where attacks have occurred in both Kaduna and Benue
states. Now a recent report about another state in the Middle Belt,
Nasarawa, shows that it too has been the scene of serious violence
against Christians. In the period January 2013–May 2016, 826 Christians
were killed and 878 injured. There were 102 churches destroyed or
Beside these, 787 houses were destroyed, as well as nine shops, and 32
motorised vehicles. Many families were completely deprived of their
livelihoods. Around 21,000 Christians were reported as Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) in different camps inside and outside
Nasarawa. Due to the difficult security situation, the authors of the
in-depth fact-finding report are convinced that they were only able to
report part of what really happened.
Their Nigeria Conflict and Security Analysis Network (NCSAN) report
shows that Nasarawa has been engulfed in various forms of conflict
since its creation in 1996. Many researchers, policy makers and
government officials have explained the conflict in terms of politics,
ethnicity and economic contestation over land and resources. In most
cases, the religious component of the conflict has been completely
downplayed, marginalised, excluded or neglected.
However, field research conducted by NCSAN on the conflicts which
occurred from 2013 to 2016 reveals that Christians have been
specifically targeted. Emerging evidence suggests there is a strategic
agenda to target and persecute ethnic groups that are predominantly
The targeting of Christians appears to be carried out by the
Hausa-Fulani herdsmen and by deliberate government policies to
marginalise Christians and Christian communities. This is evident in
political power-sharing and domination through traditional rulership.
Islamic identity tends to give Muslims undue advantage over the affairs
of the state. Indeed, state government policies are crafted to favour
Islam and Muslims. The ongoing persecution of Christians in Nasarawa,
like many other places in northern Nigeria, has been ignored.
This study unearths the drivers of persecution against Christian
communities in Nasarawa and, importantly, it provides the basis for a
policy proposition that encourages the need to build common citizenship
among the people.
The report is the third in a series published by Open Doors' World
Watch Research unit. The first report highlighted non-Boko Haram
violence against Christians in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. The
second report investigated in greater detail violent conflict in Taraba
from 2013 to 2015.
Dozens slaughtered and church burned down in latest Fulani massacre
CHRISTIAN TODAY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
27 April 2016
Up 40 people or more have been slaughtered in a new atrocity by an
armed force of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Enugu State, according to
In the run-up to the massacre, local news sites commented on the
arrival of 500 heavily-armed herdsmen in and around seven villages in
the Nimbo area.
Ten homes were razed by arson, cars and motorcycles were destroyed,
animals killed and Christ Holy Church International also burnt to the
ground, the Nigerian news site Vanguard reported.
One young man died when the bus he was travelling in was set fire to near the church.
One victim, Kingsley Ezugwu, speaking to Vanguard from his hospital
bed, said: "I was coming out from the house when I heard the community
bell ringing. I was going with a friend to know what the bell was all
about, only to see about 40 Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated
guns and machetes.
"They pursued us, killed my friend and shot at me several times but
missed. They caught up with me and used machetes on me until I lost
When the attackers realised he was still alive, others were summoned to
finish him off. He managed to crawl away and said he was helped to
hospital by a "good samaritan".
Many survivors fled the villages.
A spokesman for Rochas Okorocha, the local governor, said: "Our problem
in this country is that whatever happens is given an ethnic colouration
and that makes the solution to such problem somewhat difficult."
According to the Igbo Youth Movement, Fulani herdsmen have murdered
more than 700 Nigerians in the last 10 months, with the Federal
Government taking no action to halt the killings.
Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, a defence spokesman in Nigeria, told
IBTimes that security forces were investigating the killings. "Security
agencies will issue a statement soon, investigations are ongoing," he
He was unable to confirm the numbers killed in the latest attack. Estimates in Nigeria range from 20 to 48 people.
Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours – Militants unleash female suicide bombers North East Nigeria
July 5, 2015
Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern
Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours
of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and
barbaric". The militants have staged multiple attacks across restive
Borno state since Wednesday, gunning down worshippers at evening
Ramadan prayers, shooting women in their homes, and dragging men from
their beds in the dead of night.
young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers when she blew
herself up in a mosque in Borno. While there was no immediate claim of
responsibility, Boko Haram has used both men and young women and girls
as human bombs in the past. And as night fell, Nigerian troops battled
"hordes of Boko Haram gunmen" who seemed set on attacking the state
capital Maiduguri, the birthplace of the extremist Islamist movement.
Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest wave of killings...
describing them as most inhuman and barbaric," the presidency said in a
statement. The bloodshed is the worst since Buhari came to power in
May, vowing to root out the insurgency that has claimed more than
15,000 lives. Up to 50 armed men on motorbikes stormed the village of
Mussa in the latest atrocity on Friday, shooting villagers and burning
their homes, survivor Bitrus Dangana said. "They killed six people in
the village and they chased the inhabitants into the bush, firing at
them... 25 people were killed in the bush," he said. Another survivor,
Adamu Bulus, confirmed 31 people had been murdered. It was the fourth
time that Boko Haram had attacked the village in the past year, local
youth worker Sunday Wabba told AFP, describing how they "killed
everyone on sight".
Bodies 'lying unattended'
of the massacres first emerged on Thursday, when survivors told of
raids on three different villages in Borno state the previous evening
that left at least 145 people dead and many houses burnt to the ground.
On Friday, fresh details of the killings emerged from a resident of
Kukawa, near lake Chad, the worst-affected village. Baana Kole told AFP
that he and others had managed to escape into the bush where they spent
the night, before returning to bury the dead, only to find that the
militants had laid mines everywhere. "Some residents who hid in trees
saw them planting the mines and alerted us when we returned to the
village and started burying our dead," he said. "So many dead bodies
are still in Kukawa lying unattended. We had to abandon them because we
could not carry them with us."
than 24 hours later, a girl blew herself up in a mosque in Malari
village, more than 150 kilometers away from Wednesday's attacks."The
bomber was a girl aged around 15 who was seen around the mosque when
worshippers were preparing for the afternoon prayers," Danlami
Ajaokuta, a vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram, told
AFP. "People asked her to leave because she had no business there and
they were not comfortable with her in view of the spate of suicide
attacks by female Boko Haram members. "She made to leave but while the
people were inside the mosque for the prayers she ran from a distance
into the mosque and blew herself up," he added an account corroborated
by resident Gajimi Mala.
Boko Haram 're-grouped'
Friday morning, as people were sleeping, Boko Haram militants dragged
men out of houses in Miringa village and shot them for escaping forced
conscription. They "picked 13 men from selected homes and took them to
the Eid prayer ground outside the village where they opened fire on
them," resident Baballe Mohammed said, adding 11 died and two managed
to escape. He and another resident said the victims had been targeted
because they had fled their home village after Boko Haram tried to
force them to join their ranks.
on Friday evening, local vigilantes said Nigerian troops were battling
Boko Haram fighters in Zabarmari village, only 10 kilometers (six
miles) from Maiduguri, trying to prevent an apparent rebel attempt to
enter the city. With heavy gunfire and more than 10 loud explosions
reported, local resident Zanna Shehuri told AFP, "Boko Haram are now in
Zabarmari trying to come into Maiduguri but are facing stiff resistance
from soldiers." The armed group has intensified its campaign of
violence since Buhari came to power on May 29, launching raids,
explosions and suicide attacks that have claimed over 450 lives.
spike in violence has sparked concern that earlier victories claimed by
the armies of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon in the region are being
eroded. The four countries-all of which border Lake Chad, a focal point
of Boko Haram unrest-launched offensives against the militants early
this year as it became apparent that the armed group was making big
gains in Nigeria. They managed to push the militants out of captured
towns and villages, but the recent attacks highlight that Boko Haram is
not defeated. A new regional fighting force comprising 8,700 troops
from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin is due to deploy at the
end of the month. AFP
30 killed at crowded mosque by 2 young female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria
The Associated Press
By Haruna Umar
Nigeria — Two girls blew themselves up on Monday near a crowded mosque
in northeast Nigeria's biggest city, killing about 30 people, witnesses
It is the fourth suicide bombing this month in Maiduguri, which is the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.
Idi Idrisa said one teenager exploded as she approached the mosque
crowded with people from the nearby Baga Road fish market, performing
afternoon prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
The second teen appeared to run away and blew up further away, killing only herself, he said.
Civilian defence fighter, Sama Ila Abu, said he counted at least 30 corpses as he helped to collect the dead.
Both men said there were many injured being sent to the hospitals.
Haram has kidnapped hundreds of girls and women and the numbers of
female suicide bombers has raised fears that it is using the captives
in its campaign.
military bomb disposal expert has told the AP that most bombs carried
by girls and women have remote detonation devices, meaning the carrier
cannot control the explosion.
Haram has stepped up attacks since Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu
Buhari, announced the military command centre is moving from the
capital Abuja to Maiduguri in Borno State.
attacks come as Nigeria and its neighbours are preparing to strengthen
a multinational army that this year drove Boko Haram out of the towns
and villages where it had set up a so-called Islamic caliphate.
But bombings and hit-and-run attacks have continued, along with cross-border raids.
Thursday, a group of the extremists attacked two towns in neighbouring
Niger, killing at least 40 people, the government said.
its first attack on Chad, suicide bombers a week ago simultaneously
attacked two buildings including the national police academy in
N'Djamena, the Chadian capital, killing at least 33 people.
Boko Haram Targets Catholics: 100,000 Homeless From Islamist Insurgency, Christian Charity Says
By Morgan Winsor on May 12 2015
International Business Times
than 100,000 Nigerian Catholics have been left homeless by Boko Haram’s
six-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria and another 5,000 have been
killed, a Christian charity said Tuesday. As a result, there are now
7,000 widows and 10,000 orphans in the Maiduguri diocese, Aid to the
Church in Need (ACN) told Premier.
A report by the charity also found some 350 churches have been
destroyed in the diocese, which encompasses Borno and Yobo states as
well as part of Adamawa. More than half of the Maiduguri diocese’s
parish centers, chaplaincies and church-run primary schools have been
deserted by Nigerian Catholics and many of them are occupied by Boko
Haram militants, who control up to 85 percent of the diocese territory.
“People are very scared, and those who are able to return home find
there is nothing left,” Rev. Father Gideon Obasogie, the diocesan
director of social communications, told ACN, according to Catholic
Herald. “A life lived with much fear is terrible.”
The Nigerian army has declared military victories and territorial gains
against the Islamist extremists in recent months. But Boko Haram’s
insurgency has practically wiped out villages and communities in the
northeast. More than 1.5 million people forced to flee their homes in
Nigeria were still living in internal displacement centers as of April.
Boko Haram has killed more than 13,000 civilians since 2009, the United
Nations refugee agency has said.
Boko Haram has sworn loyalty to the Islamic State group in Iraq and
Syria, also known as ISIS or ISIL. ISIS officially accepted its pledge
in March, making Boko Haram the largest and most lethal jihadi group to
be inducted into the Islamic State group’s network. The militants seek
the establishment of a state in northeast Nigeria based on strict
Muslim preacher charged in Nairobi court with incitement to kill
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
Islamic preacher who police linked to the Garissa University College
attack was on Monday charged in Nairobi with inciting Muslims to kill
Hassan Mahat Omar faces a 30-year jail term if convicted.
The prosecution said he committed the offence on or before March 6, 2015 at Al-Hidaya Mosque in Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate.
offensive utterances — although not included in the particulars of the
charge sheet which was read out in court — are allegedly contained in a
compact disk titled Sheikh Hassan and which the police say the preacher
Omar is facing another case in which he is charged alongside his wife
Fordosa Mohammed with being found in possession of two hand grenades.
The case is pending judgment at the Milimani Law Courts.
On Monday, prosecutor Daniel Karori oppose his release on bail, saying he was a terror suspect.
faces a serious charge of inciting Muslims to kill non-Muslims and
another case of being found in possession of explosives, of which point
to the involvement of the accused person in offences against the public.
also ask the court to take judicial notice of the numerous terrorist
attacks that target non-Muslims and deny him bail,” Mr Karuri submitted.
ARRESTED A MONTH AGO
Omar was arrested a month ago and detained for investigations over his
alleged involvement in the Garissa attack in which 148 people,
including 142 students, were killed.
police had claimed he financed one of the worst terrorist attacks in
the country and that he had been in “constant” communication with
Mohammed Kuno, a leader of Al-Shabaab and the suspected mastermind of
the Garissa attack.
He had also been accused of “radicalising” the youth and facilitating their exodus to Somalia for recruitment into Al-Shabaab.
lawyer Mbugua Mureithi on Monday protested that the present charge was
not related to what he had been arrested and detained for a month ago.
was also an averment that he had obtained his identity card
fraudulently but the matter has been through a full trial at the Chief
Magistrate’s Court in Kibera, where he was acquitted in 2012,” Mr
Mbugua told the court, while opposing the prosecution’s request to have
Omar detained till the new case is heard and determined.
lawyer said the present charge was defective as “no verbatim statement
of incitement” was stated neither has Mr Omar been proven to be the
maker of the offensive CD.
Principal Magistrate Grace Mumasi deferred the ruling on whether the
suspect may be released on bond or not to Friday, May 22.
Scores Dead from Attacks on Church, Christian Areas in Northeast Nigeria
Suspected Boko Haram rebels kill nine volunteers guarding worship service.
June 3, 2014
Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed
nine Christians guarding a church service in Borno state on Sunday
(June 1), hours before a bombing of a Christian area in neighboring
Adamawa state resulted in at least 48 deaths, Christian leaders said.
Borno, at least 10 gunmen attacked a Church of the Brethren in Nigeria
(Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria or EYN) congregation during worship in
Attagara village, near Gwoza town on northeastern Nigeria’s border with
Cameroon, they said. The gunmen killed nine EYN members volunteering as
a security team, area Christian leaders told Morning Star News, and a
local witness reportedly said area men mobilized, killed four of the
Boko Haram attackers and arrested three others.
area Christian leader said the attackers were a small part of 200
assailants who have invaded Attagara and other predominantly Christian
villages around Gwoza the past two weeks, destroying homes and churches.
church in Attagara was attacked also on Sunday,” said Dr. Rebecca Dali,
adding that church members there and in surrounding villages sent
distress calls to her husband, Samuel Dali, who is president of the
EYN. “There have been 24-hour-a-day attacks on Christian communities of
Attagara, Hawul, and Gwoshe around the Gwoza mountains.”
said her husband made efforts to contact military officers in the Borno
capital of Maiduguri but received no positive response.
husband eventually contacted the presidency in Abuja, and a military
helicopter was sent to the area to contain the attack on these
Christian villages,” Dali said. “Reports we received from the area show
that the soldiers drafted there to repel attackers could not get to the
villages on claims that they did not receive orders from their command
headquarters in Maiduguri to fight the insurgents.”
attacks on Attagara, Gwoshe, Hawul, and other Gwoza villages have
resulted in the destruction of 36 church buildings in the area, Dali
said. “The Boko Haram Islamists have destroyed 36 churches in Gwoza
area, including that of Attagara attacked on Sunday,” she said. “We now
have only two churches that have not been affected.”
Gadzama, a native of Borno state who is director of Relief, Empowerment
And Development Missions (READ Missions), said the attacks on the
Attagara EYN church and other villages in Gwoza are part of a strategy
to eliminate Christians.
Haram gunmen have continued to attack these areas inhabited by
Christians with the sole aim of pushing them out to enable establish an
Islamic country,” Gadzama told Morning Star News in Jos. “So far they
have taken over so many villages, forcing our people to flee to
Pona, chairman of the Borno state chapter of the Christian Association
of Nigeria, told Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper that the Gwoza area is
more than 80 percent Christian. The Nigerian Army is reportedly
ill-equipped and/or unwilling to thwart terrorist attacks, and Pona
reportedly said that after many Christians were killed during the
attacks of the last two weeks, villagers trying to defend themselves
killed 37 Boko Haram rebels on Sunday (June 1).
Explosion in Adamawa
members of Boko Haram on Sunday (June 1) also bombed a predominantly
Christian area in Mubi, Adamawa state, with casualties higher than
official figures, according to area Christians.
detonated at 6 p.m. in the Kabang area of Mubi, in northeastern
Nigeria, killed and wounded patrons at a bar for viewing televised
soccer as well as people at a nearby soccer game, said Dali, a resident
were some of our church members who were in the vicinity of the bomb
attack, and they said at least 48 persons were killed in the attack,”
she said. “Those who died are mostly Christians. Some Christian youths
were also playing soccer near the bombed area, and they were affected
by the bombing.”
Other witnesses reportedly said at least 45 people died in the blast, which also damaged several shops.
EYN is headquartered in Mubi.
church, EYN, lost two of her members in the bomb attack, and they are
one John, a member of the New Life for All Gospel Team [evangelistic
outreach] in the church, and Miss Godiya John, a member of the Girls
Fellowship in the church,” Dali told Morning Star News. “As I speak to
you now [11 a.m. Monday, June 2], their funeral service is going on in
government figure for those killed was 18, according to Director of
Defense Information Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade. Initially he reportedly
made reference to the bomb exploding at a soccer field, but at a press
conference with other security officials on Monday (June 2) he referred
to it as an explosion at the TV-viewing bar as he advised soccer fans
to be vigilant during the upcoming World Cup. Olukolade reportedly said
19 people were wounded from the blast, though witnesses said dozens
the site of the explosion is the headquarters of the Special Operations
Battalion of the Nigerian Army that is trying to counteract Boko Haram
violence, though soldiers are reportedly advised not to frequent the
bar after 4 p.m. It was not clear at press time how many of the victims
reportedly said explosives were hidden in a pair of three-wheeled
vehicles outside the bar. The military’s Olukolade reportedly said two
suspects were arrested, but that one of them later died in a hospital
from injuries sustained in the attack.
Adamawa Gov. Murtala Nyako described the bomb attack as “barbaric, repugnant and unacceptable.”
and surrounding areas have been under attack by Boko Haram Islamists
fighting to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria; the rebels
seek more strict enforcement of sharia in the country’s northern
states, where it is already in place applicable to the region’s Muslim
the recent attacks, five members of the EYN church were killed in
Saminaka village, near Mubi, while nine other church members were
killed in nearby Njilang village, Dali said.
these attacks, houses of our church members were destroyed, and they
were displaced, as many of them were forced out of their villages,” she
Haram (“Western education is a sin”), the name residents of Maiduguri,
Borno state originally gave the group that calls itself, “The
Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad”
(from the Arabic, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad,), has
killed thousands of civilians since 2009.
Nigerian government declared a military state of emergency in Borno,
Adamawa and Yobe in northeastern Nigeria on May 14, 2013. Nigeria
outlawed Boko Haram on June 4, declaring their activities illegal and
“acts of terrorism,” and the U.S. State Department designated the group
as a terrorist organization on Nov. 13.
some members of the Nigerian group coming from Cameroon, Chad and
Niger, Boko Haram has grown into a heavily armed militia with ties to
Al Qaeda. The State Department’s 2012 Terrorism report ranked it the
second deadliest terrorist group worldwide, after the Taliban.
make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population of 158.2 million, while
Muslims account for 45 percent. Those practicing indigenous religions
may be as high as 10 percent of the total population, according to
Operation World, so the percentages of Christians and Muslims may be
Lands Drenched in Innocent Blood: Boko Haram Declares War Against Christians
By Deacon Keith Fournier
spokesman for Boko Haram announced on Thursday they are planning
a "war on Christians". They told a local reporter it would occur
in the "next few weeks". The spokesman said the group "will launch a
number of attacks, coordinated and part of the plan to eradicate
Christians from certain parts of the country. We will create so much
effort to end the Christian presence in our push to have a proper
Islamic state that the Christians won't be able to stay." The blood of
the martyrs seems to be flowing more frequently these days as militant
Islamic terrorism increases.
(Catholic Online) - On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, six armed men killed a
customs official, a five year old boy and at least two others. They did
so intentionally and in cold blood. They did so in the name of Allah.
set fire to a police station, a government building and two churches,
one Catholic and one belonging to the Christian Brethren. They blew up
vehicles, motorcycles and terrorized a town for three hours - all, once
again, in the name of Allah.
Islamist group has been terrorizing northern Nigeria for two years.
They claimed responsibility for their evil and horrific behavior
without any remorse or regret. On Thursday, March 8, 2012, they also
killed a British and an Italian hostage. None of the reports indicated
how the murders occurred but, the track record of similar Jihadis
points to beheadings. We have only to remember Danny Pearl. In fact, we
MUST remember Danny Pearl!
President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, properly condemned the
murders. The two victims were innocent engineers who had been taken by
these evil Islamists in May of 2011. Efforts to negotiate for their
release were unsuccessful. So too were efforts to rescue them. Their
families are in mourning and we should pray for them.
reported on the horrible bombing outside of St Theresa's Catholic
Church on Christmas Day. That evil act, perpetrated by these Islamic
terrorists who proudly refer to themselves as the "Nigerian Taliban,"
was followed by an ultimatum issued to Christians in Northern Nigeria
to leave in three days or face further violence.
spokesman for "Boko Haram" told reporters "our Muslim brothers are
advised to return to the north, because we have evidence that they will
be attacked. We also issue a three-day ultimatum to the southerners
living in the north of Nigeria, to leave. We have serious indications
to suggest that the soldiers only kill the innocent Muslims in areas
where government has declared a state of emergency. We will face them
decisively to protect our brothers."
was nonsense. There have been no attacks on Muslims in Nigeria. In
fact, some Muslims who properly reject the violence of this evil group
have been victim of their terror. The phrase "Boko Haram" means
"Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language. These Islamist
terrorists hate all things "western" and Christian. They are Jihadiss
who have expressed their intention to forcibly establish an Islamic
Caliphate and impose Shariah Law on everyone.
are also called al-Sunnah wal Jamma - or "Followers of the
Prophet's Teachings". They refer to themselves officially as Jama'atu
Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, which means "people committed to the
propagation of the prophet's teachings and Jihad". They are murderers
and terrorists who use an appeal to religion to attempt to justify
the Christmas bombings, a spokesman claimed responsibility in an
interview with a local newspaper called The Daily Trust saying "There
will never be peace, until our demands are met. We want all our
brothers who have been incarcerated to be released; we want full
implementation of the Sharia system and we want democracy and the
constitution to be suspended."
terrorist group issued a three-day ultimatum for Christians to leave
the North of Nigeria and has called for all Muslims living in the South
to move North. They have signaled their intention to fight government
troops and to expand their violent attacks against Christians and
others who resist their Jihad.
the Christmas bombing Vatican Radio reported that Archbishop Ignatius
Kaigama of Jos, the Vice President of the Nigerian Bishop's Conference,
urged Nigerians to not to allow their country to be overtaken by
terror: "Churches have been destroyed and lives were lost and there is
no sign that this might end, until the government intervenes
continue to ask Christians to be vigilant and aware of the issue of
safety when they go to church and even in their own homes. We have
appealed that there be no retaliation and we continue to preach peace,
hoping that all of us in Nigeria, Muslims and Christians, we will be
able to work and live happily together. This is our position: no
violence, no retaliation. We want to live in peace".
Sadly, these evil Jihadists have no such desire.
Kaigama added, "We continue to appeal to reason, for dialogue. It is
possible for Muslims and Christians to reason together. We know that
there are other forces behind the so-called Boko Haram. We do not even
know who the Boko Haram really are, what they want, where they get
their arms from. What is certain is that there are some forces behind
them, either in Nigeria or abroad, who want to profit from instability
in our country, but we will not give in to terrorism, we will not allow
these fundamentalists to ruin our country".
the day after Christmas, the Feast of St Stephen the Deacon and Proto -
Martyr, a visibly burdened Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the faithful
gathered for the Angelus prayer. He spoke from his heart, urging
prayers for those whose, "lands are drenched in innocent blood."
Pope reminded the faithful that St Stephen gave his life for his
Christian faith. He spoke of his heroic witness, noting that even as he
was being stoned to death he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit"
and begged forgiveness for his accusers. He extolled the witness of the
early martyrs of the Church, a topic which he has frequently addressed
in the last few years.
Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office said in a
statement, "Regretfully the attacks at the Church of Saint Theresa in
Abuja, timed to coincide with Christmas Day celebrations, are once
again the expression of the cruelty of blind and absurd hatred devoid
of any respect for human life and represent an attempt to generate and
fuel further hatred and confusion."
express our closeness to the suffering of the Church and of all the
Nigerian people who have been affected by violent terrorism even during
these days that should be of joy and peace," he added. "While we pray
for the victims, we also express the hope that this senseless violence
will not weaken the will for peaceful cohabitation and dialogue in the
word "Martyr" derives from a Greek word which means "witness." The
Catholic faith proclaims that the shedding of one's blood in fidelity
to Jesus Christ is the final witness to the Faith. The Catechism of the
Catholic Church teaches us that:
is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith: it means
bearing witness even unto death. The martyr bears witness to Christ who
died and rose, to whom he is united by charity. He bears witness to the
truth of the faith and of Christian doctrine. He endures death through
an act of fortitude" (CCC #2471 - 2473)
is happening to our brethren in Nigeria - Christian martyrdom at the
hands of militant Jihadist Islamists - must not be overlooked. The
threat of such violent, evil, Jihadism is not decreasing. If anything,
it is increasing. For someone who remembers the cold war, even to the
point of drills where we hid under our desks, it calls to mind the
great need for a National resolve. It makes the threat of
militant Marxism look mild in comparison.
victims of this evil are often being killed precisely because they are
Christians. The blood of the martyrs seems to be flowing more
frequently these days as militant Islamic terrorism increases and
establishes a new beachhead in Africa. For Catholics and other
Christians, we cannot - we must not- fail to act. Africa is one of the
great centers of the renewal of the Church in the Third Millennium. We
are living in a new missionary age.
words attributed to Tertullian in the Second Century of the Church
still hold out their promise: "The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of
the Church." We are living in a new missionary age. Pray for our
brethren in Africa. Also, understand the implications of the evil
designs of these Jihadists. They hate us. If you want to read a source
which "pulls no punches" in their reporting on this growing threat,
read Jihad Watch.(http://www.jihadwatch.org/)
spokesman for Boko Haram announced on Thursday they are planning
a "war on Christians". They told a local reporter it would occur
in the "next few weeks." The spokesman said the group "will
launch a number of attacks, coordinated and part of the plan to
eradicate Christians from certain parts of the country. We will create
so much effort to end the Christian presence in our push to have a
proper Islamic state that the Christians won't be able to stay."
Brits Warned As Nigeria Death Toll Hits 178
VOICE OF AMERICA
Britons are being warned against travelling to parts of Nigeria as the death toll from a series of terror attacks rose to 178.
Radical Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for bombings in the northern city of Kano.
have described seeing dozens of bodies piled up outside the main morgue
after attacks at police stations, state buildings and on streets,
beginning on Friday afternoon.
enforced a 24-hour curfew in the city, with many people remaining home
as soldiers and police patrolled the streets and set up roadblocks.
The Foreign Office updated its travel advice for the African country, advising against travel to Kano.
FCO website said: "We advise against all travel to Kano whilst the
curfew remains in force and for those in Kano to remain vigilant and to
(Department for International Development) and British Council have
limited their operations in Kano whilst the curfew is in place."
An official at the city's main morgue said dead bodies had been arriving since Friday night.
Soldiers and police officers swarmed throughout the city as the death toll rose.
Boko Haram is campaigning to implement strict Sharia law across Nigeria, a multi-ethnic nation of more than 160 million people.
The assaults were apparently in response to a refusal by authorities to release their members from custody.
The group, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege", was responsible for at least 510 killings last year alone.
spokesman Olusola Amore said attackers targeted five police buildings,
two immigration offices and the local headquarters of Nigeria's secret
Nigerian Red Cross said volunteers continued to offer first aid to the
wounded and take the seriously injured to local hospitals.
Ramadan violence erupts in Nigeria
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
violence in Nigeria has claimed the lives of at least nine people in
Nigeria. Clashes between Christians and Muslims in the divided country
are common and the latest round of violence occurred as Muslims were
ending their celebration of Ramadan.
NIGERIA (Catholic Online) - The country of 155 million people is 50
percent Muslim and 40 percent Christian with a remaining 10 percent
following tribal belief systems. This divide has led to bloody clashes
between Christians and Muslims who want the country to respect their
religious beliefs and reflect their perspective on the nature of
government. Notably, several Muslims have gained attention called for
the imposition of Sharia law penalties, such as stoning for adultery,
in Muslim areas.
most recent violence took place in the city of Jos, northeast of the
capital. Reportedly, a gang of armed Christian youths attacked Muslim
worshippers. In addition to the dead, over 100 were reported injured.
Dozens of cars were burned.
the Muslims with roadblocks, the gang is reported to have used guns,
machetes, rocks, and arrows to perpetrate their violence. As many as 20
children may be among the dead. Hospitals reported filling up with the
wounded who mostly suffered wounds from thrown objects.
Christian "gangsters" then told witnesses the attacks were revenge for
Muslim bombings that took place on Christmas Eve of 2010.
violence is added to the recent string of attacks from Muslim
extremists who are rebelling against the Nigerian government from
strongholds in the northern part of the country. On Friday, that group
detonated a bomb at UN offices in the capital, Abuja. The attack killed
Nigeria remains peaceful as the different religious groups coexist in
separate parts of the country, with Muslims dominating the north and
Christians in the south. However, periodic bouts of violence can last
for months as each side makes reprisals against the other for previous
President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned both acts of violence as his
government struggles to maintain peace in the sometimes bitterly
Christians targeted in fatal stealth attacks
Muslim terrorists implicated in multiple murders
August 13, 2011
By Michael Carl
no pattern and little evidence, but periodically, and without warning,
another Christian is shot or stabbed – almost always fatally – in the
Nigerian town of Maiduguri.
on the persecution of Christians in that part of the world say the
Nigerian Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram has been implicated in the
murders, which have happened intermittently in the Christians' own
Doors USA President Carl Moeller says Boko Haram's motive for the
killings is simple: The Muslim group wants to take over in the north.
we know, one of the goals of Boko Haram is to create a Shariah, Islamic
law, society in Nigeria. Their intentional use of this sort of
terroristic activity is designed to further their ends of that,"
co-workers in the city have said basically [Boko Haram] continues to
use attacks to disrupt the public peace and have people literally flee,
particularly the Christians, flee from these cities," Moeller said.
Moeller said the violence is highly organized and has a very clear objective.
more specifically something like religiocide or religious cleansing.
They recognize no other possibility of society based on anything other
than Shariah law," Moeller said.
Christian Concern analyst Jonathan Racho agrees that the group wants to
establish Islamic law in the north. He also says that while Boko Haram
pushes Shariah, they also try to win influence by portraying
Christianity as a "foreign religion."
strict interest in Shariah law is why they look at Christians and say
Christians promote Western ideas and are opposed to the Islamic way of
life," Racho said.
But Racho added that Boko Haram has an even more sinister purpose.
"One of their goals is to eliminate Christianity," Racho said.
agrees that one of Boko Haram's objectives is to eliminate Christianity
from Nigeria. He also says the group's level of extremism pits them
against the government of Nigeria.
at odds with the government of Nigeria and other parts of Nigeria where
even moderate Muslims would admit the presence of Christianity. Boko
Haram is truly one of those groups that wants to see Christianity
eliminated from the country of Nigeria," Moeller said.
Racho added that Christians aren't Boko Haram's only target.
"Even moderate Muslims have been killed by this group," he said.
added that there's one feature of the current series of attacks that
sets it apart from other acts of anti-Christian violence.
kill a Christian and after a few days they kill another Christian.
After a few days they kill another Christian. We don't know how long
it's going to continue. We are really alarmed by these killings," Racho
Moeller agreed that Boko Haram is using fear as a weapon on the region's Christians.
a great deal of ongoing tension and Boko Haram continues to exploit and
play on the fears of people in the area," Moeller said.
Moeller also believes that many Americans don't understand the dynamics of Nigeria's religious rivalry.
question of motivations is almost lost on us in America because we
don't really grasp the intensity of the religious hatred that goes on
in the division between [Muslim] northern and [Christian] southern
Nigeria," Moeller explained.
both Moeller and Racho agree that the aim of the terror campaign is to
force Christians out of northern Nigeria, Racho believes the
one-at-a-time method has another purpose.
campaign is carefully organized to avoid media attention. That's why
they're not burning down houses or villages. They're very systematic,
and they don't want the media attention. They're succeeding in sowing
fear in many of the Christians and many have already left their homes,"
Moeller said the terrorist group is more than willing to take advantage of the departure of more Christians.
"They move in where Christians have vacated and take over the social and political control of that area," Moeller said.
added that the terror group has its sights on the predominantly
Christian southern half of the country as well. He saaid that's
especially tragic because of the growth of the Christian church in the
southern part of that country is one of the most vital, powerful,
growing churches in all the world. So, this is a formula for an extreme
amount of confrontation, violence and death in the area," Moeller said.
Racho said Nigerian security forces have moved into the northern area in an attempt to restore order.
added that the government is attempting to prosecute the perpetrators
when they are able to find and capture them. However, he said Nigeria's
Christian president Goodluck Jonathan is acting to avoid the appearance
of showing favoritism to Christians.
has to promote general peace because extremists in his country would
exploit any support that he would show to Christians as confirming
their inaccurate statements that the president is actually trying to
eliminate Islam from the country," Moeller stated.
of the government's responses to the terror attacks is to send a
six-man fact-finding mission to Borno state, but even with the
fact-finding mission, Moeller believes the government's options are
can clearly see the connection between what Boko Haram is trying to do
and that the way the government's hands are somewhat tied," Moeller
said. "If Boko Haram stops its attacks, then the government is able to
restore public order."
Moeller added that the government has some tough choices if Boko Haram continues its terror campaign.
they (the group) continue to provide more fuel for terrorism and more
terroristic activities then the government has to be cautious in its
response to that. Otherwise, the government will provide justification
for the Boko Haram message. It's a very precarious situation for the
government there," Moeller explained.
The Nigerian clash between Muslims and Christians is just one of many similar confrontations going on across Africa.
are reports nearly half a million people, including many Christians,
have been driven from their homes in Ivory Coast following the
internationally sanctioned installation of a Muslim as president.
Other clashes have been reported in Kenya and Egypt.
recently has reported that Egyptian Christians say they are under siege
following the Muslim Brotherhood's integration into power.
document attacks by armed gangs on about 60 Coptic Christians during a
protest at a national television headquarters and suggest that the
Egyptian army has been part of the aggression.
have been demanding without success that the government prosecute the
perpetrators of the attack and the burning of the Mar Mina church in
the Cairo neighborhood of Imbabba on May 8.
A dozen people were killed and more than 200 were injured there.
human rights activist and journalist Wagih Yacoub was an eyewitness to
the violence and describes the assault on Christians as an ambush.
army left. They were not there and they did nothing after the attacks.
Other criminals came and attacked the Christians. We asked for the
rescue and the army came after a few hours," Yacoub related.
In Kenya, President Obama campaigned for the Muslim challenger, Raila Odinga, while Obama was a U.S. senator.
with Odinga at campaign stops, Obama gave speeches accusing the sitting
Kenyan president of being corrupt and oppressive.
Odinga lost, despite attracting Muslim votes through a secret
Memorandum of Understanding with Muslim Sheik Abdullah Abdi, the chief
of the National Muslim Leaders Forum of Kenya. In the memo, Odinga
promised to rewrite the Kenyan constitution to install Shariah as law
in "Muslim declared regions," elevate Islam as "the only true religion"
and give Islamic leaders "oversight" over other religions, establish
Shariah courts and ban Christian proselytism.
his loss, Odinga accused the incumbent president of rigging the vote
and allegedly incited his supporters to riot. Over the next month, some
1,500 Kenyans were killed and more than 500,000 displaced – with most
of the violence led by Muslims, who set churches ablaze and hacked
Christians to death with machetes.
eventually ended up as prime minister of Kenya through a power-sharing
arrangement that was enacted in an effort to appease the rioters.
Churches bombed and Christians attacked as violence spreads in Nigeria
March 23, 2011, (PCTV Newsdesk)
bombed and Christians attacked as violence spreads in Nigeria ahead of
Presidential elections. Police warn worship areas are targets. Fears
that jihad has been launched to create chaos and force state of
emergency. Archbishop of Jos fears city could be overrun
are warnings that growing violence in Nigeria is being instigated by
extremists who want to stir up religious violence and create a state of
emergency ahead of the Presidential elections. The Archbishop of Jos
fears the city could be overrun and is calling for increased security.
blast on Sunday killed two suspected bombers, but failed to catch the
churchgoers for which it was probably intended. In other attacks in Jos
three Christians were killed and six stabbed.
are just the latest in a series of attacks which have claimed hundreds
of lives over the past year. A partner of Release International, which
serves persecuted Christians, believes the aim behind the attacks is to
whip up sectarian violence ahead of the April elections.
Stefanos Foundation points to a newspaper statement calling for jihad
allegedly published by a Jos Muslim Elders Forum on December 30 2010 –
days after the latest round of violence erupted.
said: ‘Muslims in the State shall ensure that a few months before
General Elections jihad will be declared in the State, which cannot be
controlled even by security agencies, with great slaughter and
massacre, which the Federal Government will have no option than to
declare a State of Emergency in Plateau.’
deeply concerned about these latest attacks,’ says Release CEO Andy
Dipper. ‘The continuing targeting of Christians appears to be a
deliberate move to provoke a backlash and sectarian violence – an
attempt to destabilise the community ahead of the elections. Release
urges Nigeria’s Christians to stay vigilant, but to refuse to be drawn
into a spiral of violence.’
of Jos, the Most Rev Dr Benjamin Kwashi told Release: ‘No-one is
willing to accept that the Christian church is under attack. It is
difficult for people to understand that Jos could be overrun. The
government has been negligent, and the world will not help.’
acknowledged that some Christians had been driven to defend themselves
and were in danger of being drawn into a spiral of violence.
‘Even the Muslims are not safe – though we have been working very hard to keep them safe in our area of town.
I will never support. But those who wish to defend themselves, I cannot
stop. People have had enough of this. It’s been going on for 30 years.
The government must do more to provide security for everybody.
you know, the only real answer is prayer. I trust God to defend us. I
have been threatened with death personally three times. In all three
times, the Lord has rescued me.’
were two failed bomb attacks against churches on Sunday. Release has
been told the bombers may have been trying to get round heightened
security by targeting worshippers as they were walking home.
likely targets were members of the Church of Christ In Nigeria (COCIN)
and of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Nasawara Gwom, a
mainly Christian district of Jos, in Nigeria’s central Plateau State.
It’s been reported that two prominent Christian politicians were
attending the services.
to reports men rode into the area on a motorcycle. Witnesses say they
dropped the bomb, which exploded, killing them and damaging a nearby
shop. An angry crowd turned on another motorcyclist who was acting
suspiciously, and killed him. It’s not known whether he was, in fact,
another bomber, or a passer-by caught up in the ensuing panic.
Tensions had been heightened by earlier warnings in Jos that bomb attacks against churches were likely.
increased security in advance of next month’s Presidential elections
militants managed to plant a second bomb on Sunday behind the
headquarters of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry. This was
discovered and made safe.
to Nigerian media reports many churches ended their services early
after the bomb blast rang out. But Release partners deny reports that
Christians are fleeing the city. ‘People are concerned,’ says a
spokesman for the Stefanos Foundation, ‘but they are also very security
conscious. Besides, they have lived here all their lives – where would
routinely search worship areas before services, but the approach taken
by the motorcycle bombers on Sunday may have been to circumvent that.
Commissioner of Police Abdelrahaman Akano told the Nigerian News
Service, ‘We are not neglecting the fact that worship areas are
violence has been increasing in Nigeria during the build-up to the
elections on April 9. Last week security forces intercepted a truck
load of explosives and ammunition in Jos.
state is on the dividing line between the predominantly Muslim north
and the Christian south of the country. There is a history of conflict
between different ethnic groups in the region vying for control of
March 2010, militants massacred more than 500 Christians near Jos. Bomb
attacks followed on Christmas Eve, attributed to an Islamist sect known
as Boko Haram, which means ‘Western education is sinful’.
March 13, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for murdering a moderate
Muslim cleric in Maiduguri, Borno State, who had been advocating
in Bauchi state, there are reports that upwards of 4,000 people have
been driven from their homes after night attacks by armed Fulani that
began on March 10. Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports the attackers
burnt down 13 churches in villages, along with upwards of 450 homes.
The militants, numbering around 2,000, are said to be wearing police
and Borno states have imposed Islamic Shari’a law – despite Nigeria
having a secular constitution. Christians in both states have been
driven from their homes.
Nigeria Arrests 164 Over Massacre
Voice of America
21 March 2010
A Nigerian police spokesman says 164 people have been arrested for alleged
involvement in violence near the town of Jos earlier this month that killed more
than 200 people.
The spokesman said Sunday that 41 of those arrested will be charged with
terrorism, which could result in life in prison.
The others, he said, will be charged with illegal possession of firearms,
rioting and other offenses.
Witnesses to the March 7 violence said that ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who are
Muslim, attacked mainly Christian villages south of Jos, setting homes on fire
and slashing people with knives and machetes.
The U.N. special investigator on freedom of religion has said the massacre could
have been prevented had authorities addressed deep-seated tensions between
Muslims and Christians.
Jos has a history of sectarian violence. The city sits on the dividing line
between Nigeria's mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.
TIMELINE: Ethnic and religious unrest in Nigeria
Thu Jul 30, 2009
(Reuters) - Security forces in northern Nigeria
on Thursday battled the remnants of an Islamic sect following days of
unrest which have killed more than 180 people and displaced thousands.
Following is a timeline of major religious and
ethnic violence in Nigeria, a country divided into at least 200 ethnic
groups and about evenly split between Muslims and Christians:
2000 - Thousands killed in northern Nigeria as
non-Muslims opposed to the introduction of Islamic sharia law fight
Muslims who demand its implementation in the northern state of Kaduna.
September 2001 - Christian-Muslim violence
flares after Muslim prayers in Jos, with churches and mosques set on
fire. According to a September 2002 report by a panel set up by Plateau
state government, at least 915 people are killed in days of rioting.
November 2002 - Nigeria decides to abandon the
Miss World contest in Abuja. At least 215 people die in rioting in the
northern city of Kaduna following a newspaper article suggesting the
Prophet Mohammad would probably have married one of the Miss World
beauty queens if he were alive today.
May 2004 - Hundreds of people, mostly Muslim
Fulanis, are killed by Christian Tarok militia in the central Nigerian
town of Yelwa. Survivors say they buried 630 corpses. Police say
hundreds were killed.
-- Muslim and Christian militants fight bloody
street battles later the same month in the northern city of Kano.
Christian community leaders say 500-600 people, mostly Christians, were
killed in the two days of rioting by Muslims.
February 2006 - A week of rioting by Muslim and
Christian mobs claims at least 157 lives. The violence begins in the
northeastern city of Maiduguri, when a Muslim protest against Danish
cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad runs out of control. Revenge attacks
follow in the south.
November 2008 - Clashes between Muslim and
Christian gangs triggered by a disputed local government chairmanship
election kill at least 400 people in the central city of Jos.
February 2009 - The governor of Bauchi state
imposes a night-time curfew on Bauchi city on February 22, a day after
clashes kill at least 11 people. At least 28 people were seriously
wounded and several houses, churches and mosques burned down.
July 2009 - Boko Haram, which means "education
illegal," stages attacks in the northeastern city of Bauchi on July 26
after the arrest of some of its members. More than 50 people are killed
and over 100 arrested, prompting the Bauchi state governor to impose a
night curfew on the state capital.
-- Boko Haram, which opposes Western education
and demands the adoption of sharia in all of Nigeria, threatens further
attacks against security forces.
-- Police in Maiduguri, home of Boko Haram's
leader Mohammed Yusuf, say security forces killed 90 sect members on
July 27. In neighboring Yobe state, police recover the bodies of 33
sect members after a gun battle near the town of Potiskum on July 29.
Some 30 people also have died in Kano.
over 300 in Nigerian sectarian violence
By AHMED SAKA
November 29, 2008
JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Mobs
burned homes, churches and mosques Saturday in a second day of riots, as the
death toll rose to more than 300 in the worst sectarian violence in Africa's
most populous nation in years.
Sheikh Khalid Abubakar, the
imam at the city's main mosque, said more than 300 dead bodies were brought
there on Saturday alone and 183 could be seen laying near the building waiting
to be interred.
Those killed in the Christian
community would not likely be taken to the city mosque, raising the possibility
that the total death toll could be much higher. The city morgue wasn't
immediately accessible Saturday.
Police spokesman Bala Kassim
said there were "many dead," but couldn't cite a firm number.
The hostilities mark the
worst clashes in the restive West African nation since 2004, when as many as 700
people died in Plateau State during Christian-Muslim clashes.
Jos, the capital of Plateau
State, has a long history of community violence that has made it difficult to
organize voting. Rioting in September 2001 killed more than 1,000 people.
The city is situated in
Nigeria's "middle belt," where members of hundreds of ethnic groups commingle in
a band of fertile and hotly contested land separating the Muslim north from the
predominantly Christian south.
Authorities imposed an
around-the-clock curfew in the hardest-hit areas of the central Nigerian city,
where traditionally pastoralist Hausa Muslims live in tense, close quarters with
Christians from other ethnic groups.
The fighting began as clashes
between supporters of the region's two main political parties following the
first local election in the town of Jos in more than a decade. But the violence
expanded along ethnic and religious fault lines, with Hausas and members of
Christian ethnic groups doing battle.
Angry mobs gathered Thursday
in Jos after electoral workers failed to publicly post results in ballot
collation centers, prompting many onlookers to assume the vote was the latest in
a long line of fraudulent Nigerian elections.
Riots flared Friday morning
and at least 15 people were killed. Local ethnic and religious leaders made
radio appeals for calm on Saturday, and streets were mostly empty by early
afternoon. Troops were given orders to shoot rioters on sight.
The violence is the worst
since the May 2007 inauguration of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who came to power
in a vote that international observers dismissed as not credible.
Few Nigerian elections have
been deemed free and fair since independence from Britain in 1960, and military
takeovers have periodically interrupted civilian rule.
More than 10,000 Nigerians
have died in sectarian violence since civilian leaders took over from a former
military junta in 1999. Political strife over local issues is common in Nigeria,
where government offices control massive budgets stemming from the country's oil
Associated Press Writer
Bashir Adigun in Abuja, Nigeria, contributed to this report.
Nigeria: Muslim Violence Forces Christian Withdrawal from Peace Talks
By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
-- Violence in Kaduna which has claimed 1000 Christian lives and
destroyed 63 churches just this year, "must stop" says the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN),in a report from the U.K-based Barnabas
years, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has engaged in
government-backed peace talks in the state of Kaduna with its Muslim
counterpart, Jamutu'ul Nasir Islam (JNI). However, after the recent
spate of attacks in which Islamic militants burnt down nine churches in
Makarfi, CAN leaders say the peace process has been undermined.
As a result of
the ongoing violence against Christians, CAN withdrew from the talks
April 9 saying, "If we continue to dialogue with people when we doubt
their sincerity and commitment to the peace which we are honestly
pursuing, then the consequences will be grave, to our peril and
Middle Belt Nigeria is plagued with frequent outbreaks of rioting
between Muslims and Christians. Over 10,000 have been killed in such
sectarian violence since 2000 when 12 Muslim-majority states in North
Nigeria adopted Islamic law (shari'a).
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Nigeria tense after clashes
6/10/2005 12:08 - (SA)
Sokoto - Despite the restoration of relative peace in the
Sokoto, Nigeria after three months of sectarian clashes, tension still envelops
the city as mutual resentment and suspicion between the two feuding sects
linger, residents said on Friday.
The clashes were between followers of rival Shia and Sunni
At least seven people were killed and 53 houses were burnt or
vandalised in the clashes that erupted ostensibly over control of the central
mosque but which faction leaders, government officials and the police blame on
politicians opposed to the state government.
Shia sect spokesperson Sidi Mannir said: "The attacks have
stopped but we are not sure if the state government will be able to arrest the
masterminds of the attacks and punish them, given their status and connections."
"Only the arrest and prosecution of the masterminds of the
attacks will ensure lasting peace because if the arrests are limited to the
thugs, the masterminds can recruit new squad from the army of hooligans around,"
Following the arrest by the police of Umar Dan-Maishiyya, a
Sunni cleric suspected of fuelling the clashes, a Sunni mob went on rampage and
burnt down a local government secretariat in Sokoto which led to a police
crackdown and arrests were made.
Heavy police presence
Police patrol vehicles have been combing the dusty,
refuse-littered streets since Friday, arresting thugs suspected of involvement
in the clashes with the help of local vigilantes and rival groups did not
participate in the violence.
"The vigilantes are only helping the police to effect the
arrests because they know every thug and where to find him. They help our men
access the deep recesses of the old city where the suspects live," said Sokoto
state police spokesperson Muhammad Umar Dakin-Gari.
Fear of revenge
The involvement of the vigilantes in the clampdown on
suspected trouble makers has been a source of concern to inhabitants of the city
who fear gang fights between rival groups once the police are off the streets.
"My fear is the youths that have escaped arrest may not take
it lightly on their rivals who sold them out to the authorities," Abdullahi
Buhari, a civil servant, said while inspecting the carcass of his car that was
burnt along with 24 others when Sunni rioters set the local government
"The police operation has been hijacked by thugs and
vigilantes who have taken the law into their hands, terrorising opponents and
innocent people in the name of assisting the police. This could have a negative
effect in the long run," said Sidi Alhaji.
The Shia followers view the formation of a reconciliation
committee of clerics and traditional chiefs by the Sokoto sultan Muhammadu
Maccido with distrust, alleging the committee is made up of people who sponsored
Edited by Fidelia
van der Linde
Nigeria swings between bloodshed and harmony
11 Apr 2007
By Tume Ahemba
April 11 (Reuters) - Nnamdi Okpala believes he still has a future in the
northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri despite being a victim of repeated bouts of
ethnic and religious violence.
Okpala is a Christian
from the Ibo ethnic group, a minority in Maiduguri where Muslims from the Kanuri
group dominate. He has lived and traded in the largely Islamic north for 21
Last year, his shop was
among dozens belonging to Christian Ibos that were looted and torched during
riots in which Muslim mobs killed about 30 Christians.
"The crisis was the
worst I have seen in all my stay here. We had to run for our dear lives after
the rioters overwhelmed the police. By the time we came back, our shops had been
looted and burnt," said Okpala, sitting with a group of Ibo traders in front of
a row of shops, some still blackened by soot.
News of the killings in
Maiduguri sparked reprisal attacks in the Ibo heartland in the southeast.
Christian mobs there turned on northern Muslim traders, killing about 100 of
The Maiduguri riots and
the tit-for-tat violence in the southeast were typical of Nigeria's volatile mix
of ethnic diversity, religious rivalry and complex politics.
The ostensible cause of
the riots was Muslim anger over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. But
many local people said the violence was instigated by politicians because
Maiduguri was scheduled to host a public hearing about a plan to extend the
president's tenure, which was unpopular there.
Such eruptions of
violence are not uncommon in Nigeria, where human rights groups estimate at
least 15,000 people have died in religious or ethnic fighting since 1999 when
elections returned Nigeria to democracy after three decades of almost continuous
But that statistic
belies a broader picture of usually peaceful cohabitation in Nigeria, whose 140
million people are split into about 250 ethnic groups and divided roughly
equally between Muslims and Christians.
Okpala said the
violence, when it occurs, is orchestrated by politicians and radical Islamic
preachers who use ethnicity and religion to manipulate people for their own
For now, he places his
hope in the expected election on April 21 of a northern Muslim to be the next
president after eight years of Olusegun Obasanjo, a Christian and an ethnic
Yoruba from the southwest.
The two main candidates,
Umaru Yar'Adua and Muhammadu Buhari, are both Muslim from Katsina state in the
killings will reduce when a northerner is president because his Muslim brethren
will see him as their own man and won't want to cause trouble for his
government," said Okpala.
Obasanjo is due to step
down next month after elections marking the first transition from one elected
leader to another since independence from Britain in 1960.
The major parties have
nominated Muslim flagbearers from the northern part of the country in the spirit
of an unwritten agreement by the political elite that the presidency alternates
between the north and the south.
"There is no cause for
alarm because a reasonable Muslim president may even be better than a bad
Christian president," said Reverend Nevin Mshelia, secretary general of the
Christian Association of Nigeria's branch in Maiduguri.
Obasanjo has implemented
economic reforms that have won praise from Western powers and the private
sector, but many northerners feel they have exacerbated an economic imbalance
between the south and the poorer north.
has empowered the south and neglected the north," said Audu Maishanu, a
59-year-old car and real estate dealer, sheltering under a tree from the
scorching sun in Maiduguri, on the fringes of the Sahel.
"You can hardly get
petrol at any filling station in the north. It has been so for eight years," he
said, pointing at a group of teenagers hawking fuel in jerrycans by the
Maishanu said: "Almost
all the textile industries in the north have shut down. Anyone that Allah
chooses as the next president will surely reverse all this."
Borno, where Maiduguri
is located, is one of 12 northern states that imposed provisions of Islamic
sharia law into the criminal justice system in 2000, a politically motivated
move by state governors that alienated Christians and sparked violence.
But in Maiduguri,
residents of all ethnic and religious backgrounds gather in the evenings at
Wurali, an area the size of a soccer field filled with shanties, to drink beer
or local gin despite sharia restrictions.
"Here there is no
religion or ethnicity, we are all united by Bacchus," said a senior Muslim
police officer, asking not to be named.
Children dying needlessly from measles and other preventable diseases
11 Jul 2007 20:00:07 GMT
LAGOS, 11 July 2007 (IRIN) -
Measles is a preventable disease yet when it strikes in Nigeria it finds a ready
pool of victims most of whom are children.
In June more than 50 children
died while another 400 were hospitalised in Nigeria's northeast Borno state
following a measles outbreak.
The viral disease,
transmitted both by air and by bodily fluids, was first reported on 19 June in
the village of Njimtilo in the outskirts of the Borno state capital Maiduguri,
and then quickly spread to five adjoining local areas including Konduga, Jere,
Damboa, Bama and metropolitan Maiduguri.
Health officials have
frequently blamed low immunisation rates for such outbreaks, as well as
outbreaks of polio, diphtheria and tuberculosis. A 2005 World Health
Organisation (WHO) survey found that 72 percent of measles cases in Nigeria
occurred in children under five years old, three-quarters of whom had not been
Measles can strike as much as
90 percent of an un-immunised population.
Despite Nigeria's oil wealth
only 12.7 percent of children under five years old are fully immunised against
childhood diseases. That rate is among the lowest rates anywhere in the world,
according to WHO.
One reason for the low
coverage, WHO says, is the decrepit health services sector which lacks funding
and proper infrastructure and management.
Emeka Iwobi, a paediatric
doctor based in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, told IRIN that poverty and
ignorance also play a part. "Most of those who need [vaccines] are too poor to
afford them or may not know they need them,"
Some 70 percent of the
population of 140 million lives on less than US $1 a day, many in unhygienic
conditions that favour the spread of disease.
Most people often lack access
to basic medical care. Nigeria was 187th out of 191 countries in a WHO global
ranking of performance of health systems, coming ahead of only DR Congo, Central
African Republic, Myanmar and Sierra Leone.
The worst affected states
in Nigeria are those in the Muslim north. Immunisation efforts in the region
have suffered major setbacks because some radical Muslim preachers there are
suspicious of Western medicine. The preachers have claimed that the polio
vaccination programme was part of plot to reduce the Muslim population.
In 2004 authorities in the
mostly Muslim state of Kano suspended polio vaccination for 10 months to conduct
tests to determine if the vaccines contained sterilising agents or the AIDS
virus, as critics had alleged.
In other parts of northern
Nigeria communities systematically boycotted efforts to immunise their children.
"The polio boycott has had a
ripple effect on immunisation efforts of other childhood diseases," said a
senior official of the National Programme on Immunisation who spoke on condition
"We can't make much progress
unless we overcome the negative perception," he said.
Nigerian Sunnis, Shiites clash
after cleric shot
The Associated Press
Published: July 19, 2007
Clashes between Muslim sects left at least one dead after the shooting of a
popular cleric in northern Nigeria, witnesses said Thursday. The cleric later
An Associated Press reporter
saw the corpse of one man who had been beaten to death by a mob after being
accused in the shooting of Sunni cleric Umar Danshiya, who is well-known for his
anti-Shiite sermons, at a mosque in the capital of the desert state of Sokoto on
Nura Mohammed, who was
taking the cleric home by motorbike taxi, said that three gunmen on motorbikes
shot the cleric in the forehead after he finished leading a morning prayer.
The sultan of Sokoto, the
spiritual head of Nigeria's Muslims, announced on Thursday that Danshiya had
died that morning after lapsing into a coma. Sultan Mohammadu Sa'ad Abubakar
appealed for calm, saying on local radio stations: "Do not take the law into
your own hands ... the security agencies are investigating."
The body was being washed in
preparation for burial in accordance with Islamic rites, the sultan said. At the
news of Danshiya's death, several of his supporters cut branches from the trees
with machetes and fixed them to their vehicles, a common form of protest in
Earlier, a mob of Danshiya's
followers wielding sticks and machetes attacked several Shiites in retaliation
for the attack on Danshiya. Nigerian soldiers and police set up roadblocks and
patrolled the streets on Thursday with rifles and tear gas.
Nigeria's 140 million people
are roughly equally divided between Muslims and Christians. The country is the
frequent scene of ethnic and religious clashes. Thousands of people have been
killed since the end of military rule eight years ago. Residents say that ethnic
or political differences are often exploited by powerful local figures for
economic and political reasons.
Most Nigerian Muslims are
Sunni, as are most Muslims throughout the world. The Sunni-Shiite doctrinal
split dates to the early days of Islam, and tensions between the sects are not
Associated Press Writer
Salisu Rabiu contributed to this report from Kano, Nigeria
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